The history of Brussels Airlines dates back to 2002 when mother company SN Airholding was created by a group of about 40 investors.
The primary aim of the investors was to ensure the continuity of a reliable air connection to and from Brussels, the capital of Europe, and this in the context of the extensive perturbations caused by Sabena’s cessation. The new company was called SN Brussels Airlines, and it posted its first positive results already in 2003.
In October 2004, it was decided that SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express would join together under the general ownership of SN Airholding, but would each retain their brand and operations independence in the market.
Brussels Airlines is backed up by some 80 years of Belgian aeronautical experience.
On the 15th September 2008, Lufthansa Group announced its purchase of a stake in the Belgian airline company. In June 2009 the EU Commission granted regulatory approval for this strategic partnership between Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa. The decision paved the way for Lufthansa to acquire an initial 45% stake in SN Airholding SA/NV, the parent company of Brussels Airlines. As from December 2016, SN Airholding is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Since 9 December 2009, Brussels Airlines is an official member of Star Alliance, the world’s leading global airline partnership.